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    Updated on Dec 19, 2019. Posted on Dec 15, 2019

    30 Gifts That'll Basically Last Forever

    Now you don't have to buy them something for a few years. Jk.

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    1. A cast-iron skillet for churning out all kinds of scrumptious recipes for years and years and years. Hopefully you'll get to eat lots of them!

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    This one is pre-seasoned and ready to use. Check out our explainer on how to take care of cast-iron skillets.

    Promising review: "I love this skillet! I've used it on the stove, gas and electric, as well as over fire outdoors. I've owned it for eight months now and it still looks as new as it did eight months ago. Make sure to research how to clean your cast-iron cookware and always heat them up to evaporate any surface moisture after cleaning before oiling. I've made many different foods in this, Utica Greens, bacon, eggs, steak, pizza...etc. All have come out perfect. Be aware this skillet is huge so make sure you have room to store it and it is also heavy...About 12 lbs., I think, so my wife does have trouble moving it, I also need two hands to carry the sucker, especially when it's loaded with food! I would say I would buy this again, but I see this skillet lasting for ever!" —Tinkerman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88+ (available in 11 sizes, varieties).

    Also be sure to check out our top picks for the best cast-iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    2. A Makeup Eraser I've sworn by for awhile now and will probably include on my tombstone epitaph because it's that dang good.

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    "Here lies Elizabeth / She wore three kinds of mascara / But the MakeUp Eraser got them all off and was her longest-lasting relationship" BTW, I'm being buried with one.

    This thing is good for 1000 washes, which is alarmingly wonderful when you do the math on disposable makeup wipes. And it's also somehow extremely gentle on my skin. How? Microfiber and sorcery, that's how! (I'm guessing.) Anyway, I obviously use and love these. But I'm not alone. They won as our mid-price pick for the best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    3. A Magic Bullet to keep them whipping up green smoothies past the first week of January.

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    Can chop, mix, blend, whip, grind, and more. Cups and lids are top shelf–dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I love my MB, and it replaced my blender and juicer, just so convenient! Bought this one for my sis for Christmas who wants to do the same thing. You cannot go wrong with the bullet, had it for years and if motor ever poops out, after years of use, can always find a new base on Amazon at an economical price and not need to buy a whole new system! I did!" —Jannyce A. Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $33.69.

    4. A KitchenAid mixer. THE holy grail kitchen appliance they can pass down to their kids. Really.

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    My coworker uses the one her mom bought before she was born!

    This model includes a 5-Qt. stainless steel bowl with comfortable handle with enough capacity to mix dough for 9 dozen cookies or 4 loaves of bread in a single batch. Includes coated flat beater, coated dough hook, 6-wire whip and 1-piece pouring shield. The flat beater and dough hook are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I'm in LOVE with my mixer. Since I got this as a Christmas gift I have found that I use this at least four times a week! From everything to making bread dough to mashed potatoes to baking cookies and everything in between. Prep time cut in half due to the speed and quality of the motor, the ease of use is like none other — not sure how I managed without a KitchenAid for so long. Btw, the color is an AMAZING great accent color for my kitchen!!!! I'm looking forward to adding the different attachments to my collection, too." —Kristin Gustin

    Get it from Amazon for $259.99+ (available in 44 color combos).

    Looking for a smaller gift? Check out our top picks for the best hand mixers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    5. An eight-pack of rubber succulents to divvy up into several gifts or give as a whole set.

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    I bought this set two years ago for my apartment because I've killed a few succulents in my life and they even come potted with faux dirt! Friends have picked them up for closer inspection and they really are *quite* convincing!

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. A pair of comfy Soffee shorts to sleep, workout, lounge, or basically do most things while wearing! (I still sleep in mine from middle school. Plz don't do that math.)

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    Promising review: "I wore these shorts when I was a cheerleader and I always loved them. Now that I am older I wanted something that had a similar fit and that were easy to workout in. I was scared that they would be too short or make me look ridiculous, but that wasn't the case. They fit me just as well as they use to, and if you order them in your correct size they look just like any other pair of athletic shorts. What I like most about these is that I can workout and my body and move loosely without the shorts sticking to my leg." —M. Williams

    Get them from Amazon for $4.85+ (available in 39 colors, sizes XS–XL).

    7. A Hydro Flask that'll put all their other water bottles to shame and force them to send the OGs to a "farm upstate." Psst, it'll long outlast the VSCO girl phase.

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    BPA-free, double-wall vacuum insulated stainless-steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours. Has a lifetime warranty.

    Promising review: "It's been over a year since I purchased my Hydro Flask. I have dropped this thing on its bottom corner and cap, squashed it up against the wall in awkward places on my desk, rolled around the car unsecured, and basically abused the crap out of it. It has never leaked on me, never sweat, continues to keep my drinks icy cold (I fill it at 8 a.m., and by 8 p.m. still have ice cube bits), and hasn't faded, cracked, or scratched. I have purchased other similar vacuum bottles and although they may be cheaper, they haven't quite stood the same abuse as my Hydro Flask. I even received a defective product, and the company was very quick to respond and exchange it for another one, which is the one I have put through its paces." —Dawn

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95+ (available in 13 colors and three sizes).

    8. A pair of Adidas pool slides. If you gave them some back in the '90s, they'd probably still wear them today!

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    Promising review: "These are my fourth pair. And for good reason. Classic adidas soccer flip-flop with a punch of summer color. They are great for the beach, boat, walking around town or going to class. I wear them with or without socks and there is nothing bad to say about them. Been wearing them for 20 years. I had one pair that lasted 13 years and I forgot them in Puerto Vallarta 🙃" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.83+ (available in men's sizes 4–15, 14 color combos).

    9. A hairdryer (with attachments!) that has lasted me for at least six(?!) years, so maybe it'll stick with them for the long haul too.

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    Five years is longer than I've owned ANY hair tool. Includes a diffuser for textured styles and concentrator for smooth styles.

    Promising review: "I own the same exact blow dryer and it's 4 years old and STILL going strong. I bought it from Target for $30. My sister needed one for her at home hair treatments and so I purchased one for her on Amazon because it's much cheaper. The power is incredible and the settings have many options. It has never steered me wrong. I dropped it, used it to blow up an air mattress using the cold setting and it has never disappointed me. I love the 2 attachments it comes with. I use the narrow one to straighten my hair and the diffuser to enhance my curls. It's perfect. It has a long life span so it's definitely worth a try. You'll love." —Sblyn

    Get it from Amazon for $22.50+ (available in five colors).

    10. And a Chi hair straightener which sounds steep, but will be a reliable go-to to outlive most relationships.

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    I bought one of these after years of having to buy a new flat iron annually and it really is the best!!!

    Promising review: "You can not go wrong with buying a Chi. They last longer than any product out there on the market. Worth every penny. Each Chi I have owned has lasted about 6 years or more." —Meg

    Get it from Amazon: 1-inch (shown) for $88 or 1.5-inch (which is good for thick hair like mine) for $129.99

    11. Merino wool socks with a performance fit — they'll help prevent slippage and rubbing through alllll kinds of activities. Oh, and there's a lifetime guarantee so they can get a fresh pair when they finally start to wear a bit. (But it'll be a while.)

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    Promising review: "Best socks ever! I'm a nurse full-time and a carpenter part-time. These socks are amazing, as are most high-content merino wool garments. But, these are are well-made American products! These are ALL I wear. It took four pairs, two years to wear down the external layer on the balls of my feet. Cost me a couple bucks to return them, but had new ones on my abused feet within a few short weeks! I'm good for a couple more years! Merino wool is amazing — no stink, no itch, durable, and feel great when it's hot or cold outdoors." —William

    Get them from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in several colors and sizes).

    12. An Urban Decay Naked palette OR *four glorious palettes* for the makeup fiend whose face always looks like a work of art.

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    I have three of these and they last foreverrrrr. But before you get grossed out about makeup germs, read our guides on cleaning your eyeshadow and makeup brushes.

    Get the Naked3 (shown) from Sephora for $54 or the Naked 4some (four palettes) from Urban Decay for $160.

    13. A pair of L.L.Bean boots that'll make many future winters *much* more bearable.

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    My parents have had theirs for years. Actually, DECADES! I'm pretty sure they're older than I am. Granted, North Carolina isn't known for its awful winters. But still!

    Promising review: "My husband has the same boots and he's worn them for 10 years so far. Just took them back to Bean to have them resoled (so they can last another 10 years!). That convinced me to buy myself a pair, wore them through a hurricane and several rainy days so far, and I've only had them for two weeks. They are waterproof and comfortable, I have no problem wearing them all day. Much better than my Hunter rain boots." —hannabean

    Get them from L.L.Bean: women's for $135 (two color combos, sizes 5–11) and men's for $135 (three widths, sizes 7–14)

    14. A handy automatic umbrella (the world's smallest, btw) they can count on for tons of downpours. And in case something happens to it, it comes with a lifetime guarantee!

    Hammacher Schlemmer

    All items from this retailer are guaranteed for their normal life under standard, non-commercial use. Yes!

    Get it from Hammacher Schlemmer for $34.95.

    15. Wrangler jeans my big and tall, horse-riding dad SWEARS by. They're sure to become their go-tos, too.

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    But really though, my dad is super tough on his jeans. He does all kinds of outdoorsy things I don't (like ride horses on a Western-style saddle, work around the farm, etc.). These hold up longer than any other brands he buys.

    Promising review: "I've worn these jeans for years, used to be able to buy them at Target stores. No more. I walked probably a mile or more through two of those giant stores only to find that though Wrangler jeans were on sale, the quantity was very low and there were none to fit me. So, this is the first time I've bought wearing apparel on line, and it was a success story. Many thanks." —Stanleigh H. Jones

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (11 washes, a wide range of sizes). And check out more Wrangler jeans here.

    16. A Bodum French press that'll make them feel *so* fancy when you throw in a 'grammable bag of coffee.

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    I ADORE my Bodum copper French press! And I use it all the damn time. And you can easily take apart all the parts to for cleaning.

    Promising review: "Bought this French press coffee maker along with a small Krups coffee bean grinder. Now I can have an excellent cup of fresh coffee from freshly ground beans with little mess and minimal effort. I think the French press concept makes the best coffee available, and this unit is the best I've come across. A bit pricey, but looks as if it will last a lifetime." —James Pitre

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in five sizes and 10 styles).

    17. Budget-friendly ear buds they'll definitely lose before they stop working. But they're cheap, so that's fine.

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    Promising review: "Compared to MANY other earbuds that I've had that cost $75, $100, $150, these sound as good as any of them. I'm astounded! I use these for running and I've attached them to my sunglasses along with my iPod Shuffle. I'VE RUN 1,500 MILES WITH THESE in the last year and a half!! I've gone through four pairs of New Balance shoes, two iPod Shuffles, three pairs of sunglasses and am on the SAME set of earbuds!! And, THEY STILL SOUND GREAT!" —Gene Goodell

    Get them from Amazon for $8.76+ (available with or without mic, and in 15 colors).

    18. Pyrex containers they can bring to your potlucks a decade from now because you have to drop them *just so* to break them. (I somehow have never accomplished that yet.)

    Amazon

    Includes a 3-quart (9"x13") oblong baking dish with blue plastic lid, a 2-quart (7"x11") oblong, two 8-inch square baking dishes, and a 1-1/2-quart (6"x11-1/4") loaf dish. Dishwasher-, refrigerator-, microwave-, pre-heated oven-, and freezer-safe; lid is BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher and microwave safe.

    Promising review: "I love these pans because you don't have to use up a bunch of saran wrap to store your baked goods. I've been using this set for over three years now and it's holding strong! I cook all sorts of stuff in mine!!! Just make sure to get all the cooking oil off with each wash and these will stay nice looking for years to come!" —NateTheGreat

    Get a five-piece set from Amazon for $14.88.

    19. ~Legit~ tights that'll cost you, but will last them for MANY brutal winters.

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    Promising review: "In 2008, I bought my first pair of Wolford Matte Opaque 80 Tights, and my fiercest brand loyalty was born. The next winter, I bought two more pairs. And...that was it. I have worn the same three pairs of black tights for six cold New York winters and two teeth-chattering Iowa ones. I don't take it easy on tights, either. I have limited spacial awareness, which often leads to grazing rough surfaces, like brick walls and and unfinished wood. I also lived with a rambunctious cat for a few years; the most damage she did to the tights was give them a healthy coating of hair." —Jessie Gaynor

    You can read the full review for Wolford tights.

    Get them from Amazon for $55+ (available in sizes XS–L).

    20. Hunter rain boots as an excuse to trudge through the mud to "test" them.

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    Promising review: "The best! Stylish! Last forever (I still have my original pair, more than 30 years old). Comfortable in rain or snow." —Weskie

    Get them from Amazon for $74.99+ (seven colors, women's sizes 5–10). Check out more Hunter items here.

    21. An Anastasia Beverly Hills brown pencil with a cult following that'll keep their arches looking gorgeous for long stretches of time.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely cannot live without this product — whoever came up with this idea is the wiz! It's the most perfectly narrow brow pencil with this amazing brush on the end, so you can blend the pencil in for a really natural look vs. that severe (and dark) hard edge you often see. Come on, we all know what I am talking about. If you can't keep your fingers off your brows, use the Brow Pen as a foundation. It may seem strange at first, but this duo together is genius!!!" —soupasta

    Get it from Sephora for $21 (available in 10 colors).

    22. Tweezerman tweezers for annihilating soooo many tiny hairs with precision — and they can have them sharpened by the company FOR FREE!

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    I always lose and then find these suckers. I have about four floating amongst my belongings that are still going strong. I've never actually had mine sharpened by Tweezerman, but beauty fiends on the Internet are very adamant about it.

    Promising review: "These are the ONLY brand of tweezers I will ever buy, and that's because they really are the BEST! I still have my original pair of tweezermans from 5 years ago and they are still holding up and tweezing like a champ! I purchased a mini pair of tweezermans for my car and purchased this 2nd pair, only because now my husband enjoys using them and kept stealing mine! ;)" —HeatherZ

    Get them from Amazon for $13.93+ (available in six colors).

    23. A legendary Leatherman multitool that's going to be on their person 24/7 because something always needs fixing.

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    Before I worked at BuzzFeed I worked at This Old House and I heard about this multitool *pretty* often there.

    Includes spring-action needlenose and regular pliers, spring-action wire cutters and scissors, wire stripper, knife, package opener, ruler, can and bottle openers, wood/metal file, Phillips screwdriver, and medium and small screwdrivers.

    Promising review: "This is clipped to my right side pocket EVERY day. I don't go anywhere without it. And the spring handle is unique and a welcomed feature. I liked it so much I bought one for my dad and shipped it to him. He also really enjoys them. No sharp edges on the grips and the blade is super tough. Don't miss out on this purchase. This tool will serve you well for years." —A. Ramos

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    24. A brass Zippo lighter — it'll work (virtually) anywhere, no matter what type of wind and snow tries to stop you from toasting those marshmallows.

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    Oh hey, Zippo lighters have a lifetime warranty. If it breaks, they fix it!

    Promising review: "I ordered this one when my 35 year old one's hinge broke and I had to send it in to be repaired. I found that Zippo is one of the rare companies that has not changed at all. This new one is just as solid and reliable as the old ones and my old one came back to me like new. They even put a new insert in it for me and it cost me nothing for that or the repair. This is the best company ever." —Darlene G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.38 (available in a variety of styles).

    25. Carhartt coats — they're the bee's knees and one would well serve your fave person by keeping them warm and fashionable for years.

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    My dad has like five of these coats and they work pretty well for his farm aesthetic, but they're neutral enough to look good on anyone no matter their style! And more importantly for him, they keep him toasty during not-awful North Carolina winters. Recently they've become a street style thing and my dad couldn't think it's funnier.

    Promising review: "I like the pockets and ruggedness of the coat. It's very stiff when new, but that's OK with me. I'm thinking it will loosen up a bit the more I work in it. I have lots of chores around the home, some inside but most outside. If your winters are cold, you might want to consider a warmer work coat; however, I live where winters are moderate so it keeps me comfortable. I would recommend this coat for folks who do a lot of work outside or in a workshop-type environment. If most of your work is inside the home, you should shop for something less bulky." —Rusty

    Get it from Amazon for $73.21+ (two colors, sizes S–2XL). Check out more Carhartt items here.

    26. A Nalgene water bottle that'll become their #1 adventure buddy thanks to its sturdy structure and wide mouth that makes for easy cleaning.

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    BPA-free with a wide mouth for ice cubes and easy hand washing.

    Promising review: "I have been using Nalgene bottles for more than 10 years now and they have never disappointed me. They have been dropped and smashed and thrown around but none of my bottles have leaked or cracked before. I have dropped it at full capacity before and was pleased that it survived, while my other generic brand ones didn't. I have filled it with hot water, albeit mixing it with some cold water so it wouldn't 'melt' the bottle, so I have no idea how it would stand up to filling it up with just boiling water. But I filled it up pretty warm, almost too hot to touch. The thing I especially love about Nalgene bottles is that it is clear and I can see what I am drinking and whether there are sediments in the water." —qozzy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69+ (variety of sizes and colors).

    27. A George Foreman grill they can give to a loved one once they've upgraded to a new, sexier model that the brand is always releasing.

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    This model has removable plates and a non-stick ceramic coating for easy cleanup. Its fat-removing slope and dishwasher-safe drip tray takes care of excess fat and grease for you.

    Promising review: "I had one of the original George Foreman grills that has lasted over 20 years so I know the quality is great. Recently I had to upgrade to a new one and love it even more that the plates can be removed for easy cleaning vs. the old original one that stayed in place. Perfect for a quick easy meal." —TLeaD

    Get it from Amazon for $49.78+ (available in three styles).

    28. An RFID-blocking Saddleback wallet for lasting protection in a classic style that even the pickiest person will adore.

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    *And* it comes with a 100-year guarantee!

    Promising review: "It's been 5 years since I bought this wallet and it's still rock solid. Leather and stitching has held up beautifully despite daily use and handling. Still highly recommended, I haven't once thought of replacing it." —H.I.

    Get it from Amazon for $49+ (available in four colors).

    29. A gorgeous Pendleton blanket ready to serve up decades of snuggles and look good while doing it.

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    Promising review: "Pendleton always impresses! We purchased this for a college grad gift. This beautiful blanket will last her whole life! It will be the star of car trips, picnics, camping and beach trips!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $259 (available in a variety of sizes and colors). And check out more from Pendleton here.

    30. And an Otterbox Commuter phone case that'll for SURE outlast your fancy new phone.

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    Promising review: "After a year of having this case I can say it has been durable. I’ve dropped my phone many times, with the case, and the phone has not ended with a single scratch. Working in ag/dairy it has survived one too many hits. I definitely recommend taking it out of the case every now and then to wipe down the phone from muck/dust it can accumulate." —Becca

    Get this iPhone 8 Plus and 7 case from Amazon for $28.63+. Check out more Otterbox phone cases here.

    Them calculating the lifespan of your generous gift:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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